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Foods of the future?

October 1, 2016
Christine Brown-Paul

Functional foods have been defined as those that go beyond merely providing nutrients—they actively help prevent diseases for those at high risk, such as cancer, diabetes or heart disease. According to the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the science of functional foods is the convergence of two major events in our lives— diet and health. The association between food and disease is widely recognised as the bedrock of preventive nutrition and reflects the oriental philosophy that: ‘Medicine and food have a common origin’. Read More »

Can ‘bloom’ fertilisers force plants to flower?

October 1, 2016
Rick Donnan

I am a hobby grower new to hydroponics. I notice that some hydroponic fertilisers are labelled as ‘bloom”. I am getting conflicting comments as to whether these can force plants to flower. Is this possible?

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Managing stress and depression

October 1, 2016
Stress and depression

The hydroponic and greenhouse environment can be a stressful workplace; the pressure to produce a quality product consistently, providing good customer service, dealing with complaints, working to tight timelines, financial worries, climate and rural isolation, can all impact on grower and worker wellbeing. This article looks at stress, depression and suicide in the Australian farming community.


Streamlining fresh produce industry export access

September 28, 2016

Australian vegetable growers looking to enter key export markets are set to save significant cost and complication after global and domestic food-safety certification requirements are combined. The new initiative being delivered through Horticulture Innovation Australia – using vegetable industry levy funds and funds from the Australian Government – in partnership with peak industry body AUSVEG, will have a significant impact.   Read More »

Win for farmers with proposed backpacker tax rate cut

September 27, 2016
Barnaby Joyce

The proposed 32.5% tax rate that was to apply to working holiday visa holders will be slashed to 19% following strong representations by The Nationals in Government. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, and Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, said the change recognised the importance of keeping regional economies strong.

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20th Greenhouse Technical Management Course

September 25, 2016
Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE

Supported by peak industry body Protected Cropping Australia (PCA), the 20th ‘Greenhouse Technical Management Course’ is scheduled for Devonport, Tasmania, from 10-14 October 2016. This course is specifically designed to develop high level technical and management skills of growers in protected cropping, suppliers of hydroponic equipment, agronomists, and horticultural researchers and educators. Attendees can expect a couple of nice surprises to help celebrate this 20th course milestone.

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Australian Greenhouse Construction Code

September 22, 2016
Australian Greenhouse building code

Hort Innovation has recently engaged Osborn Consulting Engineers to ‘develop technical guidelines based on the findings of VG13055 – Building Codes and Greenhouse Construction for inclusion in the National Construction Code’. Essentially, Osborn has been engaged to take a proposal to the National Construction Code (NCC) for the creation and implementation of a nationally recognised greenhouse standard within the framework of the building code. Read More »